Wednesday, August 9, 2006

NetNewsWire referrers

I subscribe to several rss feeds to track incoming links, on sites like Technorati, Talk Digger, Google Blog Search  and Daypop.  Sometimes these feeds will contain one of my posts.  When I view these posts in NetNewsWire, the linked images do not appear.

From looking at my logs, I found out why.  I have a mod_rewrite rule that denies http requests for images when a referrer is specified, and it is not from this domain.  It appears that NetNewsWire uses the domain that the rss feed originated from as the referrer for all links.  I actually think that this is a good thing, as content providers can still tell where their content is linked from.

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